What do you think is the most valuable painting in the world today? The answer is the Mona Lisa. It is insured for about $900 million. It is the most famous painting in the world. It took Leonardo Da Vinci over 16 years to paint this amazing masterpiece. It is on display in the Louvre in Paris.
Towards the end of Da Vinci’s life, King Francis I of France wanted to buy the Mona Lisa, but the great artist told him that it was not finished.
The painting has almost 30 different layers of paint. Now why would Da Vinci do that? Why would he keep on adding more and more paint to his artwork? He did that because he kept on working and reworking the painting until it was just right. He loved this painting so much that he never gave it up. He kept it for himself until he died.
I believe that is what God does for us. That is the good news of the Gospel. God is working on us. God is always working on us.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) Personally, thinking about this verse gives me peace and assurance. We are God’s handiwork, and God is continuing to work on us.
Here’s the truth that we should never forget: God will never give up on you. We are God’s handiwork . . . a work in progress.